Jonestown: 35 Years Ago Today

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In writing about Kennedy assassination nostalgia today, I mentioned my own “loss of innocence” moment at the hands of a national tragedy: the murders and mass suicides of Jonestown. Every person eventually comes to understand the great evil at large in the world from some tragedy that consumes and convulses the nation’s media. Mine was [Read More...]

Kennedy, Boomerism, and the Power of Media

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Mark Shea had this to say on the cyclical paroxysm of Kennedy nostalgia that Gen Xers such as myself have had to endure every November for our entire lives: Baby Boomers, being the incredibly self-absorbed people we are, are *still* dominating national discourse for the entire month of November with our conviction that an emotionally [Read More...]

Evelyn Waugh’s Blood Book

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Dubbed “The Victorian Blood Book,” this unusual album was found in the collection of Waugh, who was a collector of Victoriana. The book includes 41 pages of religious decoupage/collage work tinted with blood-red ink. It includes extensive religious commentary, and depicts the struggles of faith and life and the ultimate victory of Christ. Here’s how [Read More...]

Send David Greydanus to Guatemala

David is a fine young man and is planning his mission trip to serve those in need in Guatemala. Help him out! My name is David Greydanus. I’m a high school sophomore and a volunteer for Youth Service International. For 10 years, YSI has organized volunteer trips to assist the poorest communities in Guatemala. The [Read More...]

A Light Hidden in a Cave

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The soul is a breath of God, and has suffered a mixture of heavenly and earthly, a light hidden in a cave, but, all the same, divine and imperishable. –Gregory of Naziansus– The soul is the light of God, Who sparks matter into Being within each individual. In his Theological Poems (1.1.8, De Anima), Gregory [Read More...]

Vend-a-Book

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Library vending machines? According to this story, it’s a comin’ thing: Changing demographics and difficulty securing new funds for new libraries, The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma decided to to use technology to meet its patrons [sic] needs. So last week, it opened the first 24-hour library vending machine in the United States. Built by [Read More...]

Stupid Things Christians Do: Tract Tips

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And by “Christians” I mean “Protestants,” primarily fundamentalist southern evangelicals. This post went viral last week. It shows a fake “$10″ tract left as an actual tip for a waitress. The internet’s amplifying qualities made this seem like something new, but it’s not: “tract tips” are an old trick used by certain kinds of evangelicals [Read More...]

The Sacramental Quality of Teatime, Mickey Mouse, Lon Chaney, and More: Sickbed Linkaround

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I got a virus last week, and thought I’d just take a couple days, wait for it pass, and return today. I sat around all day Thursday watching the extended edition of The Hobbit and watching the first four hours of bonus features? You know what 4 hours of listening to New Zealanders saying “Piitah [Read More...]


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